The makers of hit titles like Farm Frenzy and Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom, Herocraft, have introduced another puzzle game called Dragon’s Lore. Dragon’s Lore incorporates the basic idea behind many “bubble buster” titles. But it managed to distinguish itself from the aforementioned category by including a vertical factor.
The story revolves around legendary Japanese dragons and mythical lore and puts you in the “shoes” of a young dragon named Kirin. Kirin has to fight horrible bosses and clear levels in order to unite the elegant goddess of the arts with her lute. As much weird it might sound, the story always takes the backseat in a puzzle game.
The gameplay is what makes Dragon’s Lore stand out from the ever rising army of block-busting clones. The game introduces a level full of colored cubes, or as the game would call the, figures. It is your job to clear the level by matching the cubes with other corresponding colors. If you have played any bubble shooting game, you will have a clear idea of what to do. You are given a cube of particular color to dispatch and it is up to you to match and “kill” all of them. The major gimmick Dragon’s Lore utilizes is the placement of cubes upon cubes, which fall gracefully when there is a vacant space underneath them. I would like to say that it adds another “layer” of gameplay but it would be too corny.
There is a surplus amount of modes to play, which is always a good thing because brain teasing games tend to annoy some players. The story mode lets you follow the tale of Kirin as he unites the goddess and her lute. The arcade and classic modes lets you clear a pack of levels either with or without time limits. The puzzle mode is actually a well-polished and quite challenging mode; it allows you to solve riddles while employing the best tactics. There are some bonuses and upgrades to be obtained here. The RPG-ish elements give the feeling of progression as your hero becomes more and more capable of cube killing.
With around 200 levels, 4 single player game modes, robust upgrade system, a somewhat interesting story and a HotSeat mode which allows you to challenge your friends; Dragon’s Lore has a lot of good things going on for it. It is an excellent recommendation to all the block-busting/ bubble-popping lovers.